Hanen Bdioui is a Mechatronics Engineer, SOLIDWORKS Champion, and first 3DEXPERIENCE EDU Champion from Tunisia. Last month, she won 1st place of SOLIDWORKS Cloud Challenge Model Mania in 2023. Hanen is also a 3DEXPERIENCE Content Creator and 3DS advocate.
I am truly fortunate to interview Hanen after she just won SOLIDWORKS Cloud Challenge Model Mania 2023 part of the exciting activates of 3DEXPERIENCE World 2023.
Marie: Tell the SOLIDWORKS community something about your background. Where did you grow up? Who were the people that influenced your life?
Hanen: I was born in Tunisia; I had the privilege of growing up in Paris, where my early years were spent there. I feel fortunate for this experience, which was made possible by my father’s career as a diplomat.
Afterwards, I returned to Tunisia and attended “SADIKI SCHOOL” where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Science with honors. In 2014, I enrolled in the “ESAT Aviation University “where i completed a two-year Preparatory Class (PT) program. Thereafter, I pursued my education at “Polytechnic International University”, where I graduated as an Mechatronics Engineer.
A year ago, I moved to Germany, and now I’m learning German so I can be employed here.
My life has been greatly influenced by a number of people. The first and foremost were my family members, who instilled in me the belief that I could achieve anything I set my mind to.
In addition to my family, I am immensely grateful for the educators who played a crucial role in shaping my life. Among them, “Anissa el Hadhri”, my mathematics teacher, stood out for her unwavering support and guidance. “Marouane Ayech”, my mentor, also had a profound impact on me, helping me to develop the skills and confidence needed to succeed.
“Yamen Maalej”, my teacher, deserves special mention for his dedication to his craft and his ability to inspire his students to reach their full potential.
The director of the aviation school “AMEN HEDDA BEN AMARA”, she was able to realize my dream, she allowed me to fly an airplane with Airline Flight Academy (AFA). Thanks to her, I liked the field of aviation and my first project in SolidWorks was to design a turbo for an aircraft.
Lastly, I would like to extend a special thanks to Mr. Seifeddine Nafoussi, my supervisor, for his invaluable guidance in helping me comprehend the extensive scope of the API. This understanding has greatly facilitated my ability to automate numerous macros with SOLIDWORKS. As a result, I look forward to sharing my new macros with the community in the near future.
Together, these individuals have left an indelible mark on my life and have helped me to become the person I am today.
Marie: The teachers in your life are truly inspirational. How old were you when you started to learn SOLIDWORKS?
Hanen: At the age of 21, while pursuing my studies at Polytechnic International University, I was introduced to SOLIDWORKS and earned my first CSWA Certificate.
This pivotal experience sparked a passion within me for the field of Mechatronics. Today, I am 27 years old and I continue to learn and share my knowledge with many engineers, peers and students in the 3DEXPERIENCE and SOLIDWORKS community.
Marie: How were you introduced to SOLIDWORKS? Through class, a teacher? A mentor?
Hanen: I am grateful to “Mrs. Imen Kacem”, the director of Polytech and “Mr. Wajdi Zaafrane”, the head of the Mechatronics department in Polytechnic, for providing my class with the opportunity to develop our skills and knowledge with SOLIDWORKS. They arranged a lot of training session for us.
So, I have been mentored by the distinguished Elite “Ahmed Brahem“. He has had a positive impact on my SOLIDWORKS skills. I vividly recall expressing to him during our first class that I aspired to one day become renowned worldwide with the SOLIDWORKS Community.
As a result of my hard work and dedication, I have achieved the prestigious title of SOLIDWORKS Champion. I am proud to have also become the first Tunisian 3DEXPERIENCE Edu Champion, and most recently, I had the honor of winning 1st place in the SOLIDWORKS Cloud Challenge Model Mania.
Hanen Bdioui winning entry 2023 SOLIDWORKS Cloud Model ManiaMarie: What was your favorite SOLIDWORKS product during this time?
Hanen: My favorite Solidworks product is Visualization. The software provides a range of features and capabilities, including materials and lighting simulations, customizable environments, and the ability to create animations and walkthroughs.
Solidworks Visualization for me is a powerful tool for creating high-quality visualizations of 3D CAD models.
Marie: Do you use any other 3DEXPERIENCE platform apps like xDesign or xShape?
Hanen: I have tried xMold and intend to incorporate xFrame and xSheetMetal in my upcoming projects.
What I find most convenient is that all of the xApps share a similar working environment, which allows for seamless switching between them with just a single click.
Marie: Do you use the 3DEXPERIENCE platform in other ways? What is your favorite app?
Hanen: Recently in the Valentine’s Day, I want to give my mother a gift made by me. I decided to design a Hug Ring that symbolizes my eternal love for her. Using SOLIDWORKS CONNECTED and xDesign helped me to realize this personalized gift.
It’s so much sweeter now knowing our software played a role in creating these gorgeous mementos.
This is my Design tree:
Overall, designing a Hug Ring for my mother using SOLIDWORKS is a thoughtful and heartfelt gift that is sure to be cherished for years to come.
Marie: I understand you are a member of the 3DEXPERIENCE Student community, how did you get involved in the community?
Hanen: As an active member of the 3DEXPERIENCE EDU Community, I actively engage with others by asking and answering questions, sharing my work, and collaborating with peers. I have access to a diverse range of resources, such as tutorials, webinars, and forums, through which I continue to enhance my skills and knowledge. Moreover, I participate in various challenges, events, and other activities that enable me to showcase my abilities and remain involved in the community.
I am also member with 3DEXPERIENCE Edu | TEKYAZ. My passion for the Turkish language has allowed me to connect with the TEKYAZ community, which I cherish.
Marie: How did you become a 3DEXPERIENCE Edu Champion?
Hanen: I engaged actively in the 3DEXPERIENCE Community online forums, where I not only asked questions but also contributed by sharing my expertise and skills through creating a range of tutorials, Wiki and posts.
Marie: You just won Model Mania Cloud Challenge 2023 at 3DEXPERIENCE World – tell us something about this competition?
Hanen: This year Model Mania SOLIDWORKS Cloud Challenge is all about Music City!
Participants should show off their modeling skills using the 3D Creator (xDesign app) and 3D Sculptor (xShape app) design roles on the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
And then experts will select the top three submissions based on 4 Judging criteria. The Design has to be creative, complex, with a good presentation because all is based in single image post and the important Judging criteria has to be with the Nashville theme.
I came up with an idea for the Challenge, which involves creating a coffee-themed model for Nashville.
For the design, I have incorporated a violin shape into the door for a unique look. Additionally, I have modeled the tables to feature the letter “N” as an abbreviation for Nashville.
Furthermore, I aimed to enhance the cultural significance of ancient and modern music by incorporating the gramophone into the design to add aesthetic value.
I am excited to won the first place in the Challenge.
Seeing my name showcased at the 3DEXPERIENCE World 2023 in Nashville left me in disbelief, it’s a feeling that is difficult to put into words.
Winning this challenge is proof of the immense potential and capabilities that 3DEXPERIENCE Works offers to users worldwide. It’s amazing to see the boundless possibilities that this platform can provide, and I am thrilled to be part of this innovative and dynamic community.
Marie: You have achieved some great certifications, a great accomplishment; can you explain what they are? What do you want to do next?
3DEXPERIENCE Collaborative Industry Innovator – Associate
3DEXPERIENCE 3D Creator – Associate
PROFESSIONAL Mechanical Design (CSWP–Mechanical Design)
PROFESSIONAL Sheet Metal (CSWPA-SM)
PROFESSIONAL Surfacing (CSWPA-SU)
Mechanical Design Associate (CSWA)
Simulation Associate (CSWA)
In the near future, I will become an Expert, and my ultimate objective is to achieve the status of “Elite”.
Marie: I understand you are a member of the the 3DEXPERIENCE Student community, how did you get involved in the community?
Hanen: Following my achievement as a SOLIDWORKS Champion, my passion for everything related to this community grew stronger. I stumbled upon the 3DEXPERIENCE Student community and felt compelled to join.
I actively participated in forums, raised questions, and shared my knowledge and skills through creating various tutorials and posts.
I even submitted an application form to become part of the community and was thrilled when I received acceptance shortly thereafter.
Marie: You have spent a long time learning and designing with SOLIDWORKS and new applications on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. How do these new software applications help?
Hanen: The 3DEXPERIENCE platform offers a range of applications that can be beneficial to educators and students in various ways, such as:
It provides a collaborative environment in which educators and students can work together on projects and assignments, even if they are in different locations. I think this allows for greater collaboration and knowledge sharing.
In addition, it allows for easy access from any location with an internet connection. This can be especially useful for distance learning, allowing students to work on projects and access resources from home.
Both xDesign and xShape have user-friendly interfaces that are easy to learn and use, making them ideal for students who are new to 3D design.
The pair of tools supports collaboration, enabling students to work together on projects and share their designs with each other.
Educators can use the platform to create 3D models, simulations, and other visual aids to help students better understand complex concepts, create online communities, discussion boards, and other interactive tools to foster communication and collaboration among students.
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform helps them to develop their own skills and knowledge. It offers a range of training resources and certification programs that can help educators stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and teaching methods.
Overall, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can be a valuable tool for educators and students, providing them with access to a collaborative learning environment, real-world experience, and resources that can help them succeed in their careers.
Marie: Hanen, I have seen your project on our communities and Linked-In. Can you share with us some of your favorite projects?
Hanen: Certainly. First let’s look at NASA’s Orion spacecraft.
The advanced technology utilized by NASA left a lasting impression on me, prompting me to undertake the design of the ORION spacecraft in SOLIDWORKS.
NASA’s Orion spacecraft is designed to take humans further than they have ever traveled before. Orion will serve as an exploration vehicle that will carry crews into space, provide emergency abort capability, support crews during space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.
I created the NASA ORION spacecraft, consisting of 27 distinct components and a total of 312 unique features.
I single-handedly accomplished the tasks of designing, rendering, and animating the project. Additionally, I developed a realistic space environment to enhance the overall visual impact. Only the author’s voice credit by the NASA community.
I completed the project within a span of 5 days, dedicating 10 hours per day to the task.
This is a testament to what it means to be a true SOLIDWORKS Champion.
I am deeply passionate about this project and extend my gratitude to SOLIDWORKS for enabling me to design ORION.
The link in 3DEXPERIENCE Edu Student Community (Create a free 3DEXPERIENCE ID to join):
The link in the SOLIDWORKS CHAMPION Community:
For the fifth time, I am very glad and excited to announce that I have been nominated and presented by Dassault Systèmes worldwide. Five of my designs were presented one after another. Honestly, it’s a surreal feeling to belong to the 1% of design engineers whose work is presented on such a platform.
I always say to myself that “Your handwork can never go in vain HANEN, Always perform your best.”
After the interview, I stay in touch with Hanen, she continues to work towards more certifications and create posts about new projects, helping our user communities.
Find out more about Hanen on her social properties.
Instagram Solid Maker
Thank you for inspiring us all through your innovation. You are a true SOLIDWORKS Champion and 3DEXPERIENCE EDU Champion.
Design well, Marie